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NYT – She Warned of ‘Peer-To-Peer Misinformation.’ Congress Listened

Follow up to previous posting November 1, 2017 – Senate Intel Cmte Hearing – Social Media Influence in the 2016 U.S. Elections – see this article in the New York Times – “…For years, Ms. DiResta had battled disinformation campaigns, cataloging data on how malicious actors spread fake narratives online. That morning, wearing headphones so she wouldn’t wake up her two sleeping children, Ms. DiResta watched on her laptop screen as lawyers representing Facebook, Google and Twitter spoke at congressional hearings that focused on the role social media played in a Russian disinformation campaign ahead of the 2016 election. Ms. DiResta knew the lines of questioning inside and out. Along with a handful of people with a similarly obsessive interest in mapping data across social media, she had helped prepare congressional staff members ahead of the hearings. That morning, they gathered in a dedicated channel on the Slack messaging app to watch and listen for answers to questions they had been asking for years…”

Senate Intel Cmte Hearing – Social Media Influence in the 2016 U.S. Elections

Axios – What Facebook, Google and Twitter told the Senate Intel committee Axios – “Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee released examples of Facebook ads paid for by Russian actors during this afternoon’s hearing with Facebook, Google and Twitter. Ads were displayed in the hearing room to drive home their concern about foreign governments “weaponizing”… Continue Reading

Here come the drones – by Executive Order!

FAA – “President Donald J. Trump directed U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao today to launch an initiative to safely test and validate advanced operations for drones in partnership with state and local governments in select jurisdictions. The Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Pilot Program implements a directive signed by President Trump today, and… Continue Reading

How Fiction Becomes Fact on Social Media

The New York Times: “…In the coming weeks, executives from Facebook and Twitter will appear before congressional committees to answer questions about the use of their platforms by Russian hackers and others to spread misinformation and skew elections. During the 2016 presidential campaign, Facebook sold more than $100,000 worth of ads to a Kremlin-linked company,… Continue Reading

CRS Report – Dark Web

Dark Web, Kristin Finklea, Specialist in Domestic Security. March 10, 2017. via FAS “The layers of the Internet go far beyond the surface content that many can easily access in their daily searches. The other content is that of the Deep Web, content that has not been indexed by traditional search engines such as Google.… Continue Reading

Research – Facebook Ad Reach Is More Than U.S. Census Bureau Data in All 50 States

Adweek: “Facebook’s issues with reporting ad reaches larger than the actual population base appear to be even more prevalent, according to a new report from the Video Advertising Bureau. Early last month, Pivotal Research analyst Brian Wieser pointed out discrepancies between Facebook’s ad reach and U.S. Census Bureau data, including: Facebook claims that it can reach 41 million… Continue Reading

Google – First, Flexible Sampling will replace First Click Free for Articles

Google Blog: “Journalism provides accurate and timely information when it matters most, shaping our understanding of important issues and pushing us to learn more in search of the truth. People come to Google looking for high-quality content, and our job is to help them find it. However, sometimes that content is behind a paywall. While… Continue Reading

Google complies with EU antitrust order to show competitors in shopping search results

Bloomberg: “Google will create a standalone unit for its shopping service and require it to bid against rivals for ads shown on the top of its search page, in an effort to satisfy European Union concerns over the display of product results, three people familiar with the investigation said. Google faces a Thursday deadline to comply… Continue Reading

German universities looking to pursue alternatives to Elsevier journal access

Follow up to Academic institutions in Germany continue to cancel journal subscriptions as costs soar see Loans between libraries, and research sharing between colleagues, could allow country to sever links, negotiators claim “German universities have coped “easily” when cut off from Elsevier journals and do not need to rely on pirate article-sharing sites such as… Continue Reading

Google Developer Documentation Style Guide

Google Developer Documentation Style Guide “This style guide provides a set of editorial guidelines for anyone writing developer documentation for Google-related projects. Goals and audience – The primary goal of this guide is to codify and record decisions that Google’s Developer Relations group makes about style. The guide can help you avoid making decisions about… Continue Reading

New studies continue to predict troubled waters ahead for paywall journals

Phys.org – “Two independent studies looking at two aspects of paywalls versus free access to research papers suggest that trouble may lie ahead for traditional journals that continue to expect payment for access to peer-reviewed research papers. In the first study, a small team of researchers from the U.S. and Germany looked at the number… Continue Reading

New Yorker – Who Owns the Internet?

Who Owns the Internet? What Big Tech’s monopoly powers mean for our culture. “…Today, just about everybody uses it for everything. Even as the Web has grown, however, it has narrowed. Google now controls nearly ninety per cent of search advertising, Facebook almost eighty per cent of mobile social traffic, and Amazon about seventy-five per… Continue Reading